The Evangelical Catholic
The Evangelical Catholic is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming lay people into zealous leaders who are excited and equipped to go out and evangelize their communities. With hundreds of small groups already in existence and over 1000 new individuals currently in training through The Evangelical Catholic, this Lent will see the greatest number yet of newly trained leaders carrying out their missional calling.
Meet the Spokespersons
Jason Simon is the President of The Evangelical Catholic. After working briefly in engineering, he began working in the Church as a parish Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry. Through this work, he saw the power of evangelization in the Church and his passion to see more lives impacted by the Holy Spirit. In 2007, he graduated from the M.Div. Theology Program at the University of Notre Dame and began leading The Evangelical Catholic. Under his leadership, The Evangelical Catholic has experienced consistent expansion by equipping local Catholic leaders to not only be disciples, but disciple-makers. Jason lives in Madison, WI with his wife and six children.
Mari Pablo is a consultant with The Evangelical Catholic serving parishes and universities across the country. Having grown up in a devout Hispanic Catholic family in Miami, FL, Mari has worked in youth ministry for over 15 years, both as a youth minister in New Orleans and as a Catholic high school theology teacher. Mari is well known for her dynamic presentations at the annual Steubenville Youth Conferences and as a presenter in several Ascension Presents programs. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in theology and psychology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, as well as a Master’s degree in theology from the Augustine Institute. Mari is passionate about helping others encounter Christ.
Peter Andrastek is a consultant with The Evangelical Catholic, advising a team that serves over 150 ministries around the world, including dioceses, parishes, and military bases. With a Master’s degree in pastoral theology from Ave Maria University, Peter has nearly 20 years of experience working in adult faith formation. He has taught theology at the graduate level, instructed adult catechesis courses, guest lectured at seminaries, and spoken at priest convocations and countless retreats. He also has articles published in the University of Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal. Peter resides in Menomonee Falls, WI with his wife and eight children.
Sample Interview Questions
- The Evangelical Catholic has been around since 1998. For those unfamiliar, can you briefly share how the ministry began and its Protestant influence?
- What is unique about The Evangelical Catholic’s approach to forming leaders who are equipped to make disciples within their communities?
- Can you walk us through the training process for parishes or campus ministries that you routinely work with?
- Let’s talk about the impact of The Evangelical Catholic. Is there a particular time of year that you experience significant growth, and why?
- How can a pastor learn more about partnering with The Evangelical Catholic for his parish?
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